Rich Galen

But, watching the "Band of Brothers" reminded me that there is a higher calling to which we Americans must answer. That there is a greater purpose to which we should rise. That there is a deeper reason for the creation of the United States of America than 30-second ads and 150-word blogs.

I am not suggesting that choosing who will lead our nation over the next four years is not important. It is very important. But our nation will survive no matter what choice the majority makes.

Our nation will survive because of the all of the Bands of Brothers who have fought for our nation since April 19, 1775 - before we were a nation - as the Battles of Lexington and Concord started us on the path we have followed for the ensuing 233 years.

When you feel the need to send an e-mail, or hector a colleague, or get into a shouting match at Starbucks with someone who doesn't agree with you politically, keep in mind how the mini-series "Band of Brother" ended.

It ended with the real Dick Winter recounting a story another member of Easy Company had told him. This man's grandson had asked him, "Were you a hero during the war?"

His answer was, "No, but I served with heroes."

Keep that in mind.

We are political opponents. Not enemies. An enemy is something else altogether.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at